Last Thursday I invited Stan up for a little boarding action on Hood and he informed me he couldn’t go because the World Cup was starting and it was “his duty as a citizen of the world to watch.” Nevermind the fact that the clouds rolled in and we were done in plenty of time to watch the watch the “match” on the big screen at the Rat. But apparently some people are really into this shit, so we we were stoked when the blokes at Onboard unearthed this classic Youtube gem that combines “football” and “boarding.”
Man, Jamie Nicholls is good at snowboarding, especially for someone who learned on dry slope. But this song, well, you might just want to mute it.
If you follow the global rail jam scene at all, you’ve probably heard of Jamie Nicholls. But if you don’t live in Europe, or don’t give a fuck about street stunt shows, maybe you haven’t. Anyway, that’s beside the point, what is the point is today Rumorator blogged his little heart out about Mr. Nicholls and a recent twitter kerfuffle about the f-word (that’s fuck, btw.) The post made us laugh, and we basically own RvR so we’re reposting it here. If you wanna read more from the wheel-chair bound fellow with a lisp, visit Rumorator.com
Jamie Nicholls, who I once bagged on for being from the UK. This kid is the raddest in the game right now. First off, he is an impressively good rider. You can see him get loose at the Nike Chosen event last year:
Now consider that he grew up riding dry slopes, because he was from the UK.
But apart from that the kid is straight-up 18-year old. He’s out there with friends and having a good time. Â Blasting off tweets like this:
Then jock-poppa in charge of snowboarding in the UK reprimands him.
In a shocking turn of events, Jock-poppa gets charged at because this is snowboarding and it’s all about having fun and screwing off, it’s not rugby and he backs down, admitting he needs to learn to roll. You don’t see the game get played like that in the USA.
Jamie Nicholls, free to be young again, heads off to Quebec for a contest. He makes it through to the finals, but doesn’t do as well as he hoped to, so he puts out something like an apology on the tweets.
WhoTF is this dude? Dude just brushes it off, essentially says “I’ll do better next time” and goes to hit street rails. Perhaps he feels like he owes his followers this, because he’s on the dole, sucking from the titty of the British sporting public (In case you missed that part). It seems like a noble thing to do.
More importantly it seems like a well-adjusted thing to do. This dude is 18 and apparently has been on the British scene since he was six. Contrast that to Shaun White who played that role for those of us in the US. Shaun has always been on a pedestal. Whether it was self-imposed or done at the bidding of other forces, Shaun has existed completely outside of snowboarding. It’s part of what has allowed him to be so successful, but it’s one of the biggest factors having lead to the incessant Shaun-bashing.
Honestly I hope this kid keeps ripping the shit out of things. According to the European connection,Â riders like Jamie and his pal Billy Morgan have a good chance of blowing up before they head to Sochi. And, It doesn’t hurt to have the likes of Nike and Salomon behind you. The guy is headed for great things, and he may never really hit it big stateside, but I really hope the next group of contest kids, and more importantly their parents and (for fuck’s sake) coaches, take note on how to be awesome for yourself, your friends and the whole shred game.
***The screen grabs I used came from Whitelines article about the twitter kerfuffle, which you can read here.
Alright, this online full part thing is getting out of hand. If things continue at this rate, our heads are going to explode, so we’re solving our own problem by making the three best parts from today into one post. Sort of like a movie, but you have to hit play 3 times. And the riders have nothing to do with each other. Whatever.
First up, Jamie Nicholls, who grew up without any mountains, but got good at snowboarding anyway.
And although Dominik Wagner’s part was the first we received this morning, we’re posting it second.
Finally, nabbing the ender (of this post) it’s Dylan Thompson, who’s video already has like a million views because it’s fueled by Monster or whatever. Anyway, Dylan is sick.
While we were neck deep last weekend, a bunch of super pros went to Japan to get mobbed, sign autographs, and try and win some cash. Jamie Nicholls, who may finally top our Jenny Jones for the title of the UK’s best boarder won. And everyone in Japan was stoked. If you want more details, read the release:
This past weekend, top international snowboarders like Ethan Deiss, Dylan Alito, Zak Hale, Stevie Bell, Alex Andrews and Jamie Nicholls took their rail skills to the streets of Tokyo for the first ever Burton Rail Days competition at the Roppongi Hills Arena. Presented by MINI, Burton Rail Days drew the largest crowd ever recorded at the venue, with over 3,000 people packed around the rail set-up to watch some of the world’s best street snowboarders in action.
“With Burton Rail Days, we wanted to bring a legitimate exhibition of urban riding to the center of Tokyo,” said Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer at Burton Snowboards. “Roppongi Hills Arena is an iconic destination in Tokyo, and seeing this urban center transformed into a full winter festival with music, kids snowboard lessons and a world-class rail competition was incredible. It was a next-level event and everyone from the riders to the crowd had an amazing time.”
The rail jam competition kicked off with a total of 17 riders competing in a 45-minute jam format for eight spots in the knock-out round. Once the eight best riders made the cut, the action heated up with riders competing in a head-to-head format.
When the finals got underway, the field was narrowed down to Jamie Nicholls, Dylan Alito, Ethan Deiss and Shoma Takao. Jamie and Dylan went head-to-head to battle for first and second place, while Ethan and Shoma went head-to-head to duke it out for third and fourth place. Each rider had three chances to pull off his best runs.
In the end, it was Jamie Nicholls from Great Britain who won the entire event with two super strong runs: one that included a frontside boardslide 270 out on the down rail and another run that included a frontside boardslide change-up boardslide on the down rail. Dylan Alito came in second place with a frontside boardslide on the ledge and a second run that included a hardway frontside 270 frontside boardslide on the ledge. Ethan Deiss claimed third place with a frontside 180 switch nosepress and a second run that included a frontside 270 frontside boardslide to fakie — both on the down rail. And Shoma earned fourth place with a transfer 50-50 on the kink rail in one run and a transfer boardslide on the kink rail in his other high-scoring run.
Jamie Nicholls had this to say about his win, “When they announced that I won, I honestly couldn’t believe it, especially because there were so many amazing riders there and everyone smashed it,” said Jamie. “The crowd was amazing — let’s just say that I love Japan, Tokyo and everyone there.”
The riders definitely shared Jamie’s thoughts on competing in Japan and were all super happy to be in Tokyo with a good crew. After the competition wrapped up, the record-breaking crowd all stayed for a free concert by one of Japan’s favorite artists, MINMI, who is known for her diverse skills and artistry as a singer, songwriter and performer.
2011 Burton Rail Days: Final Results
1. Jamie Nicholls (GBR) NIKE 6.0 – $15,000
2. Dylan Alito (USA) VOLCOM – $8,000
3. Ethan Deiss (USA) BURTON – $4,000
4. Shoma Takao (JPN) FORUM – $2,000